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The Economics of Self-Governance in Online Virtual Societies

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dc.contributor.advisor Wagner, Richard E.
dc.contributor.author Cavender, Robert Scott
dc.creator Cavender, Robert Scott
dc.date.accessioned 2015-07-29T18:40:41Z
dc.date.available 2015-07-29T18:40:41Z
dc.date.issued 2015
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1920/9652
dc.description.abstract Online games have exploded in popularity over the past twenty years alone, from just over 50,000 active participants by 1997 to over 22 million worldwide as of 2011. It is becoming more and more apparent that virtual reality worlds are not only here to stay, but provide for us the opportunity to explore a new empirical frontier in economic development. Given the notable absence in these environments of the usual sorts of government intervention prevalent in most advanced economies, this dissertation explores how individuals in online virtual societies go about establishing the institutions necessary for economic exchange.
dc.format.extent 117 pages
dc.language.iso en
dc.rights Copyright 2015 Robert Scott Cavender
dc.subject Economics
dc.subject Emergent Order
dc.subject Institutions
dc.subject Law and Economics
dc.subject Menger
dc.subject Property Rights
dc.subject Reputation
dc.title The Economics of Self-Governance in Online Virtual Societies
dc.type Dissertation en
thesis.degree.level Doctoral en
thesis.degree.discipline Economics en
thesis.degree.grantor George Mason University en


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